President's Office

Help Make CSUN Shine Bright Question 7: The Campus Dining Experience

February 23, 2016

To the Campus Community:

Since its inception in 2012, the Help Make CSUN Shine Bright program has been a valuable vehicle through which the university administration has heard from the CSUN community on an array of topics important to the campus. This semester, we turn our attention to dining.

CSUN Dining strives to offer a variety of cuisines and healthy options to meet the dietary needs and preferences of CSUN's diverse population. CSUN's dining locations, convenience stores, and Freudian Sip coffee houses provide vegan, vegetarian, organic, nutritious and affordable options in all areas of campus. To make the food purchasing process as convenient as possible, CSUN Dining introduced Tapingo, a mobile app that allows one to place and pay for an order in advance.

Tastes and dietary needs evolve, and CSUN Dining must keep current. Please assist us by providing your input to the following questions on campus dining. (Click here to access the survey in order to respond to the questions below. The survey will close after Wednesday, March 9.)

1.         What changes would make the campus dining experience better?

2.         Are campus dining venues adequate? Should additional venues be added and where?

3.         What new menu selections would you like to see on campus, or at a specific dining location?

4.         Are you aware of, or do you use Tapingo? Are there other tech options that you would like CSUN Dining to utilize?

5.         Are you interested in peer-to-peer nutritional counseling?

6.         Any other thoughts, opinions, comments about CSUN Dining?

Please let us know what you think — and thank you for sharing your time and wisdom.

Update to Topic 6: Parking / Invitation to Transportation Summit

At the end of the Fall 2015 semester, the results of the prior Help Make CSUN Shine Bright topic on parking was posted. That report is available here. The university's efforts on this topic include a commitment to explore and encourage alternative forms of transportation.

Underscoring the university's ongoing efforts in this issue, I am pleased to announce that CSUN is co-hosting a Transportation Summit on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union. The meeting follows a Transportation Summit held last October, where residents, students, business groups, and neighborhood council members discussed the unmet transit needs of the San Fernando Valley. The March 3 meeting will focus on finding solutions to these needs and will feature special guests, including City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and State Senator Robert Hertzberg, who is co-hosting the meeting with CSUN and others. Please join me for our second Transportation Summit on Thursday, March 3, to learn about the work being done and solutions being offered to address these important needs.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, please click here. It is free to the public and I hope to see many of you there.

Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.
California State University, Northridge